The Rule of Thirds: A Photo Composition Skill Must Have

By Nov 11, 201517 Comments

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Photography Tips | Learn how to use the rule of thirds for great photo composition.

Rule of Thirds Photography

There are many composition rules and guides, but the rule of thirds is the most basic and often the very first lesson when it comes to photography.


This can happen in a variety of different spots in your image, including the:

  • Top third
  • Right third
  • Left third
  • Bottom third

The rule of thirds is one of the first things you need to learn in photography. No more placing your subject directly in the middle of the image.


A person’s eye naturally goes to one of the thirds in the image. Look at famous artwork and you will see this time and time again. Take the Mona Lisa for example. Her eyes (focal point) are in the top third of the image. Had her eyes been in the center of the painting, it would not have been as interesting and may have even felt a little awkward.

Take time today when you watch television or a movie. You will notice that the subject is often placed in one of the thirds of the frame, mainly the right or left third. This is especially noticeable when you watch a documentary or any program where a single person is being interviewed alone on camera. Think of how boring if would be if the main character was in the center of the frame the entire show.


Black and white photography | white horse alone in a field.

Boy planing in the fall woods.

Walking along a lonely country road | black and white photography | photography rule of thirds

Playing on the beach | Photography rule of thirds | Photography Tips

It takes time to get used to placing your subject in one of the thirds if you are used to centering them in the image. You may even hear some remarks from your child’s grandparent like…

“This is a lovely picture, but it would have been better if you had placed them in the center of the image.”

Just explain that you’re working with the rule of thirds in photography now, and perfectly centered images are a thing of the past!

About Tamara Bowman

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a writer/blogger and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter and son in glorious western Massachusetts. She spends her spare time looking for moose, taking pictures of her kids, and maybe – just maybe – teaching them about photography. She can be found on Facebook @Tamara Camera Photography, Twitter @TamaraCamPhoto , Instagram @TamaraCameraPhoto , and Pinterest @Tamara Camera Photography & Blog and on her blog @Tamara Camera Blog.